Universal Pictures said Tuesday that “Candyman” filmmaker Nia DaCosta has become the first Black female director to have a film debut at the top of the US box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, the horror picture, which is a sequel to the 1992 film, grossed more than $22 million over the weekend. CNN Reported.
The film is also the second highest-grossing three-day debut by a Black female filmmaker, trailing only Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time.”
The movie was co-written by DaCosta, Jordan Peele, and Win Rosenfeld. This version of “Candyman” features all Black protagonists and confronts racism by telling the narrative of a Black man who was murdered because he fell in love with a White lady.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, DaCosta stated that she was excited about the possibility to work with Peele.
“I was really excited because Jordan Peele was co-writer and a producer — no-brainer. So, I felt really safe in the process because I’m a huge fan of his.”
DaCosta’s next project is to direct “The Marvels,” Marvel Studios’ follow-up to 2019’s “Captain Marvel.”
Who is Nia DaCosta
Nia DaCosta, who was born on November 8, 1989, wrote and directed the crime thriller film Little Woods (2019), which won the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Candyman, a horror film, was also directed by her (2021). DaCosta was recruited to helm The Marvels in August 2020, making her the youngest director to direct a Marvel picture, breaking Ryan Coogler’s record.
Kentrell McNeal, 15, killed in Chicago Shooting
Two Chicago high school students were killed in gun violence in Chicago on Tuesday. 15-year-old Simeon High School student, Kentrell McNeal has been identified as one of the deceased.
McNeal was pronounced dead at 9:33 a.m. Wednesday.
McNeal and the 14-year-old boy were attacked while sitting in a car around 6:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue. According to Police
The younger boy was struck in the leg and transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, police said.
McNeal suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Provident Hospital, police said. He was transferred to Comer.
McNeal was part of the nonprofit youth group Good Kids Mad City, according to the group’s executive director Carlil Pittman.
“Lately I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Kentrell,” Pittman wrote on Twitter.
is why it’s so important to have creative spaces and outlets for young people to be able to go to because there’s nothing on the streets of Chicago for them already. RIP.”